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How to Import a Classic American Car

If you are a classic car enthusiast who has an interest in American motors and are considering buying one then you have a number of options. By far the easiest one is to purchase such a vehicle that is already located in the UK but if there is a car that has really taken your fancy but is situated over in the USA then you can arrange to buy it and have it imported to this country.

We have a number of clients who are the proud owners of such vehicles. In this respect, we thought it would be of interest to you if we asked our clients how they imported their vehicles from the USA and if they had any tips/advice.

Here is what one of our clients, Mr B, kindly had to say having recently imported this beautiful example of a 1965 Ford Mustang: –

 

You’ve imported a few American classic’s, what the secret to making it painless?

Personally I’ve always tried to keep it simple.  You can do it all yourself independently. You can book the cheapest container, book your own shipping, get someone else to load it but your giving yourself 8 extra jobs and if something goes wrong the whole pack of cards falls down.

I generally try to use one really competent shipper and give them the zip code, contact details and address and they do the rest.  They also need to know the length, weight and description.

The other key thing is to remember where you are shipping the vehicle from in the US too because the cost to ship from inland American can be as much as shipping the vehicle from the US to the UK.  Generally I buy one not too far from the shipping port so stick to New York, Seattle, San Francisco and Houston but obviously if I stumble across a real bargain I need to factor in the extra transport costs. “

 

Do you mind sharing with us the approximate cost of the car to purchase in the States and the variety of prices?

$17,500.

From $2000 (wreck) to $250000 (fully restored Shelby GT500)

 

Who did you imported it through? 

Schumacher Cargo Logistics who will do a door to door service or just to any UK port if you are able to pick-up.

 

Where did you purchased the vehicle from?

Mark is an ebay seller and mainly deals with Mustangs at Ford Chevy Classics.  He sent me lots of photos and a video of the car in action prior to the purchase.  Another eBay seller with nice cars Oldman Classic Mustangs in Texas.

 

What do you think the car would sell for in the UK? 

£20-25k

 

How much was the import tax and any other associated costs? 

Special one off 5% vat for old classic collectors’ cars if for personal use. Typically the total shipping costs and taxes vary but were £3k for this vehicle.

 

Your dream American muscle car to purchase? 

I already have a GT40 but always fancied a 57 Chevy Bel Air 2 door.”

Some of the things you will need to consider in respect of the above include: –

  1. Obviously, the greater the distance that the car needs to be transported the more it will cost to move it. So, you may wish to concentrate your search for a vehicle around the east coast of the USA rather than over towards the west coast.
  2. How it is transported will have a bearing on the overall cost i.e. whether it is by air or sea and whether it is transported in a container enabling the carrying of any spare parts or on a roll on and roll off (Ro-Ro) basis.
  3. You can arrange everything to do with the transportation yourself or you can leave it to an established transportation company with the later being the most expensive.
  4. You will wish to make sure that classic car shipping insurance is in place in case the vehicle is damaged whilst being transported.
  5. Once the car is in the UK, you have 14 days in which to let HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) know.
  6. HMRC will advise you how much VAT and duty is payable. It is worth noting that importing a classic car that is less than 30 years old from the USA incurs VAT at 20% whereas if the car is over 30 years of age VAT is reduced to 5%.
  7. You will need to obtain vehicle approval to show that the car meets environmental and safety standards.
  8. The car will need to be modified to be used on UK roads and have an MOT.
  9. You will need to insure the car here in the UK.

In respect of the last point, here at AIB Insurance, we have many years experience when it comes to insuring American classic cars. Once the car is in the UK we can insure it on a chassis number.  No road cover is provided (although some insurers will let you drive to and from the MOT test centre if pre arranged and disclosed to them) whilst you contact the DVLA to register the vehicle.

Many thanks to Mr B and we hope that he enjoys his American car import for many years to come. If any of our other clients wish to share their experiences about importing a classic American car please feel free to get in touch with us.

Renting vs Buying A Super Car

LamborghiniIf you are in the financial position to rent or buy a Ferrari, Porsche, Lamborghini, Aston Martin or another make of high performance car, you will need to decide which is the best option and you will also need a super car insurance quote. As with most things, there are for and against both options so let’s have a look at some of them. As a result, you may be better able to decide the best way forward.

Renting – For

  • Depreciation – as you will never own the vehicle you are not going to be bothered if the value of the super car you are driving drops in value.
  • Servicing/Mechanical Repairs – you are unlikely to be responsible for paying for the regular servicing of the vehicle or if it breaks down and needs a mechanical repair. The only thing that you may need to pay for are replacement tyres should one or more be punctured.
  • Poor Credit Rating – you will need to check with the rental company but you may find that you only need to put down a deposit and that no credit reference search will be required which means that it would not matter if you have a poor credit score.
  • Change the Car – if you decide say a couple of months into renting the Ferrari that you fancy driving around in say a Lamborghini, Aston Martin or Porsche then, subject to the terms of the rental agreement, you may be able to change it without any financial penalty enabling you to try out different super cars.
  • Possibly Less Expensive – when you take into account things like car loan repayments, servicing, possible depreciation and repair costs that you would have if you bought the car then you may discover that the monthly rental cost is lower than the overall monthly cost involved in buying the vehicle.
  • Selling the Car – this is something you will not have to worry about as you can just return it to the car rental company when no longer required.

Renting – Against

  • Repairs to Bodywork and Alloys – if you have a dent or scratch on the bodywork or alloy wheels then, depending upon the size of it, you will be responsible for the cost of having it repaired/possibly claiming on your high performance car insurance policy with these repairs either having to be done before you return the vehicle at the end of the rental period or completed once the vehicle has been returned to the rental company and then charged to you.
  • Ownership – you will never own the vehicle. So, as a limited number of supercars may actually go up in value due to them being so rare, you will not benefit financially if that were to happen.

Buying – For

  • Value – whilst most cars reduce in value as soon as they leave the forecourt, there are certain rare super cars that may actually increase in value meaning that when you come to sell the vehicle you may get more for it than you paid for it.
  • Self-esteem – let’s be honest, most car lovers would want to own the likes of an Aston Martin, Ferrari, Lamborghini or Porsche and to do so must make them feel very good about themselves.
  • Buying outright – if you are able to pay cash for the super car then you will not have to worry about monthly rental payments or finance repayments.

Buying – Against

  • Maintenance – you will be responsible for having the car serviced and for having any Aston Martinmechanical repairs undertaken. You may initially have a period of time/miles where your warranty covers you for such things but at some point, that will no doubt come to an end and you will have to meet the maintenance costs.
  • Adverse credit score- if you have a bad credit file then you may find it difficult to arrange finance towards buying the car or the lender may charge you a very high interest rate.
  • Sale of super car – if you wish to change the vehicle for another one then you will be responsible for selling your existing vehicle or putting your car in part-exchange and may not achieve the sale price you would have hoped for.

As you can see, there are pros and cons of renting and buying a super car. Ultimately, the decision is yours but we hope that we have provided you with food for thought.

Here at AIB Insurance, we have many years experience in arranging high performance car insurance. We have a bespoke, vetted panel of quality insurers who will provide a competitive quote to insure your super car without any obligation. So, if you are looking for outstanding Lamborghini car insurance, wish to buy Ferrari car insurance, need an Aston Martin insurance quote or want to buy Porsche insurance then why not give us a call on 02380 268 351 and we will be pleased to assist.

Classic Vehicles Once Owned By Film Stars To Be Auctioned

Ford ThunderbirdThere are a couple of interesting auctions coming up in the next few weeks at which you could have the opportunity to buy classic vehicles once owned by “A” rated film stars. Presumably, these vehicles will no doubt carry a premium in view of their previous ownership.

Many of you will have heard of the late Marilyn Monroe. Well, John Juilien’s Icons and Idols: Hollywood auction is taking place on the 16th and 17th November 2018 in Los Angeles, USA as well as online and a 1956 Ford Thunderbird once owned by this well-known star is being offered for sale with an estimated sale price of between $300,000 to $500,000.

She owned the classic car between 1955 to 1962 and at her wedding to Arthur Miller, a renowned playwright, on the 28th June 1956, they drove the car to the ceremony. The car had a V8 225 bhp engine capable of reaching 113 mph that was very fast for a car way back in the 1950’s. This particular car was rather unusual in so much as it has both a soft top plus it also can have a hard top fitted. Its bodywork is black and it has a black and white interior. It is said to be in immaculate condition and has a low mileage.

If making the long journey to America doesn’t appeal then you may be attracted to a classic vehicle that is shortly to be auctioned here in this country. At the NEC Classic Motor Show Sale that takes place at the NEC near Birmingham on the 10th and 11th November 2018 there is a left hand drive 1945 Willys Jeep MB available to buy that was owned by a very famous actor – the late Steve McQueen. He appeared in many films including the Bullitt. This classic jeep was originally built for and owned by the US army but was later bought by the actor.

His estate sold the vehicle in 1984 for $6,000. It was estimated that its sale price was in the region of ten times greater than such a jeep would normally have sold for so it just goes to show the effect that Steve McQueen’s name had on the price. It has been renovated and now has an estimated price of between £80,000 to £100,000.

If your existing classic vehicle insurance is shortly coming up for renewal or you are looking for cover for the first time then why not give AIB Insurance a call on 02380 268 351 and discuss your requirements with a member of staff. He or she will be pleased to obtain a competitive quotation from our extensive panel of insurers for your consideration without any obligation. We look forward to being of assistance.

Late Vicar’s Classic Motorcycle Collection For Sale

Harley DavidsonThose of you with an interest in classic motorcycles may want to consider getting along to the National Motorcycle Museum by Junction 6 of the M42 on the outskirts of Birmingham on the 9th November 2018 where an auction is to take place run by H&H Classics. There are numerous motorcycles being offered for sale including the prized collection of the late Father Robert Edward Hampson who sadly passed away from cancer back in May.

Father Hampson had an interest in motorcycles from a very young age and had built up a collection of 12 classic bikes that are being sold at the above auction. It is estimated that these classic vehicles could fetch in the region of £140,000. Not only was he a keen collector but he also enjoyed getting in the saddle and taking them for a ride.

The classic motorcycle that may well attract the most attention is a restored 1951 Vincent Black Shadow with a 998cc engine that has an estimated price of between £40,000 to £50,000. Apparently, this particular bike was renowned as a high performance vehicle so some may feel it a little unusual that the likes of a vicar would own one.

The other motorcycles in the late vicar’s collection are: –

1921 Royal Enfield Model 180 986cc with an estimated sale price of £11,000 to £13,000.

1921 Sunbeam Model 7 500cc with an estimated sale price of £7,000 to £8,000.

1922 Sunbeam Model 1 350cc Sports with an estimated sale price of between £5,000 to £6,000.

1929 BSA Sloper 500cc side-valve with an estimated sale price of £5,000 to £6,000.

1929 Sunbeam Model 9/90 500cc with an estimated sale price of £7,000 to £8,000.

1932 Raleigh MH32 500cc OHV with an estimated sale price of £3,000 to £4,000.

1931 Sunbeam Model 9 Sports 500cc with an estimated sale price of £7,000 to £9,000.

1932 Sunbeam Lion 600cc that has no reserve

1932 Sunbeam Lion 500cc that has no reserve

1938 Sunbeam Model A26 with an estimated sale price of £8,000 to £9,000.

1947 Harley Davidson WLA 745cc Vee Twin with an estimated sale price of £9,000 to £11,000.

If you are an avid collector of classic motorcycles then why not give us a call on 02380 268 351 and we will be happy to discuss your requirements and provide a competitive quotation to insure your cherished vehicle with one of our panel of reputable insurers.

Aston Martin Breaks British Record At Auction

1961 Aston Martin ‘MP209’ DB4GT Zagato Grand Touring Two-Seat CoupeClassic car enthusiasts may be interested to read that a 1961 Aston Martin ‘MP209’ DB4GT Zagato Grand Touring Two-Seat Coupe was sold at auction for a record price for a car built in the UK. The car was auctioned by Bonhams at The Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale in July for £10,081,500 including the premium. It is believed to have been bought by a European bidder having been in the same family ownership since way back in 1971 that in itself is most unusual.

The classic sports car came with a racing history as it had been driven by none other than Jim Clark in 1961 and 1962 who has been Formula One World Champion on two occasions. It needed someone of his talents at the wheel as this was a development prototype. He raced it at Goodwood in the RAC Tourist Trophy plus also in Montlhery in the Paris 1,000 Kilometres. It was also raced by a number of other drivers on several occasions.

Only 19 Aston Martin DB4GT Zagatos were built with only 3 of these specific “MP209” models making this car extremely rare. It had a 3.8 litre twin-overhead camshaft straight six cylinder engine and was a real competitor for the Ferrari 250 GT. Its number plate “2 VEV” became so well known around the world.

This wonderful classic sports car won the Volz Trophy in 1996 at the Aston Martin Owners Club (AMOC) Summer Concours. In 1997, it won the award for the most significant British car of the show at the Pebble Beach Concours.

If you are the proud owner of a classic Aston Martin or any other classic vehicle for that matter then why not get in touch with us on 02380 268 351 and speak with a knowledgeable member of our team who will be happy to discuss your insurance requirements and provide a competitive quotation without any obligation.

Classic Ferrari Sells For World Record Price

Those of our customers who are classic car enthusiasts will no doubt be aware that classic Ferraris are highly desirable vehicles with many commanding high prices as and when they are offered for sale. The Ferrari 250 GTO is reputably the most sought after of them all with, it would be fair to say, a value far exceeding what most people can afford to spend. For instance, back in 2013, it is believed that one was sold privately for around £40 million.

Well, it is believed that that figure has recently been exceeded with a 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO fetching in the region of £52 million. This would make it currently the world’s most expensive classic car. Apparently, when originally sold brand new, this make and model of car could be bought for around $18,500. We are sure that you will agree this is a significant increase in value over the years and has probably provided a greater investment return than any other asset.

Who has paid that sort of money for such a wonderful vehicle? Well, it is believed that a businessman called David MacNeil from the USA is now the proud owner of this classic sports car. He owns a business that sells car mats and, by the sounds of things, appears to have made a considerable amount of money doing so.

Only thirty-nine Ferrari 250 GTOs were built between 1962 to 1964. So, it is an extremely rare classic vehicle with this no doubt having a considerable bearing upon its value. These models were capable of rocketing to a top speed of around 174 mph.

This particular Ferrari 250 GTO actually won the 1964 Tour De France so this will no doubt have had an impact upon its value. It has also taken part in many other motor racing events.

The premium to insure such a classic car would no doubt be considerable and there are possibly not too many insurance companies that would be prepared to take on the insurance risk. In this respect, if you are the proud owner of any make and model of classic or vintage vehicle and require a quotation for classic car insurance then why not get in touch with us on 02380 268 351 and one of our experienced members of staff will discuss your requirements with a view to doing all that can be done to obtain a competitive quotation from our panel of insurers.

 

Classic Motorcycles Sold At Bonhams Auction

BikeThose of you owning a classic motorcycle may be interested to read of the sale of a number of such vehicles at the Bonhams New Bond Street, London auction that took place on the 2nd December 2017. More information can be found on the auctioneer’s website but a summary is provided below to “whet your appetite”.

For instance, a 1964 BSA 646 CC Rocket Gold Star motorcycle achieved a sale price of £24,725 including the premium. This delightful motorbike was beautifully restored back in 2001 and has been well maintained. It had a 46bhp engine that was capable of getting to a top speed of around 105mph making it an extremely nippy two-wheeled vehicle. Only about 1,800 of these motorcycles were built making it quite desirable and they are very sought after by classic motorbike enthusiasts.

Those of you interested in the Brough motorcycle will be interested to read that a 1936 Brough Superior 982cc SS80 Special was sold at the above auction for £82,140 to include premium. It was renowned for being the superbike of its era and this one is one of only around 300 that are believed to be still around today. The vehicle went through a full restoration under the ownership of John Coxon before falling into the hands of another owner who took possession in January 2010.

A 1949 Vincent 998cc Black Shadow Series C classic motorbike fell under the hammer for £119,100 including the premium. For around 30 years the bike had been kept in a barn until it was subject to a restoration project in 2016 to a 1949 Earls Court London Motorcycle Show specification. It certainly is a highly desirable classic motorcycle and would be the envy of many an enthusiast.Bike

If you are considering buying a vintage motorcycle or are already the proud owner of one then why not get in touch with us here at AIB Insurance on 02380 268 351 where we will be delighted to discuss your requirements in respect of insuring the vehicle. We have an extensive panel of insurers so we would be able to help source a competitively priced quotation.